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50 YEARS OF THE ESCORT

One of my favourite automotive brochures of the 1960s features a very disgruntled looking Hugh Futcher (Carry On support actor, panicking Sapper in Quatermass & The Pit and more recently the star of a Specsavers ad) aboard a pedal car.

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No More Little Chef?

As I write this piece, there are any number of online reports that once-familiar sight on our roads is going the way of the RAC telephone box, the AA salute and police Wolseleys with bells – the Little Chef.

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NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK – SIR STIRLING MOSS

The recent news that Sir Stirling Moss ‘will finally retire, so that he and my mother can have some much deserved rest and spend more time with each other and the rest of the family’ prompted me (and, I suspect, countless years) to re-watch the footage of his racing career.

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60 YEARS OF THE AUSTIN GIPSY

During the 1970s and 1980s, you might have encountered a well-used off-roader that, from a distance, at any rate, resembled a Series II Land Rover. On closer scrutiny, it turned out to be the far rarer Austin Gipsy, the British Motor Corporation’s highly ambitious bid for the 4x4 market.

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WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE CLASSIC?

I have a theory, which may well be entirely inaccurate, that your favourite classic is frequently dictated by seeing it on screen while at an impressionable age. For some, it was watching a Polar White Ford Escort RS2000 Mk. II speed through Buckinghamshire with a perm-haired CI5 agent at the wheel and for others it was the Jaguar S-Type coming to grief in the pre-titles sequence of Stoppo Driver, one of the finest episodes of The Sweeney.

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50 YEARS OF THE MORGAN PLUS 8

Just suppose that it is 1968 and you are in the fortunate position of having £1,500 to spend on an open-topped car. Then, flicking through the current issue of Motor, you read of a vehicle that ‘has no real rivals but occupies its own little niche in the market’ and moreover one with a V8 engine that costs £1,475 with seat belts an extra £12 12s 9d.

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE HYUNDAI PONY?

If you take a look at an early to mid-1980s photo of almost any high street or shopping precinct car park, you will notice a) the often-dire fashion sense b) some grim cafes that make Little Chef resemble The Ritz and c) the Hyundai Pony.

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Lancaster Insurance backs Morris Register Younger Driver Initiative

Lancaster Insurance, classic car insurance specialist, is thrilled to be supporting a fantastic initiative by Morris Register to encourage younger drivers into the community. The club is loaning a superb 1939 Morris Eight Series E Tourer to a non-member, from March - October 2018, to help spark a lifelong interest in pre-war motoring.

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12 GREAT EVERYDAY CARS

This list comprises FWD and RWD, two-door saloons, hatchbacks, rear engine and transverse-mounted power plants – but what they do have in common is their blend of affordability with flair.

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